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Alexander Morozevich vs Vladimir Kramnik
Tal Memorial (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Nov-07
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1


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Nov-07-09  waustad: The only game left will either draw soon or go on forever.
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  Eyal: White is getting mated, of course, after 46.Ke2 Qe1+ 47.Kf3 Rc3+ 48.Kg4 (48.Kf4 Qe4#; or 48.Kg2 Rg3+ 49.Kh2 Qg1#) 48...Qg3+ 49.Kh5 Qg5#
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  keypusher: <timhortons: vlad and aronian win! now the water start to separate from the oil.>

Tim, thy wish is father to that thought.

Nov-07-09  positionalgenius: Only active game, Ivanchuk-ponomariov is at move 40.

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After 40...f5

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  eternaloptimist: I'm glad that there were finally some wins this round. The first 2 rounds only had draws, but at least some of those draws were interesting. Kramnik is playing more aggressively than normal. He's even trying (& succeeding) to win w/ black!!!! 8-)
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  hedgeh0g: Beautiful play by Kramnik. He's on form in this tournament - almost beating Carlsen and now crushing Morozevich!
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  eternaloptimist: Moro definitely attacked prematurely (on move 13)!! Kramnik punished him for his excessive aggressiveness.
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  Filip Marko: I think Kramnik learned some lesons in Bonn.
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Nov-07-09  notyetagm: <badest: This is a Kramnik worth watching and enjoying ... even with black!>

Kramnik playing badass chess again.

Welcome back!

M Brodsky vs Kramnik, 1991

18 ... ?

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18 ... ♗f8-h6!!

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Nov-07-09  notyetagm: Great, great game by Kramnik.

I may have to turn in my Kramnik-haters club membership card if he keeps playing like this. :-)

Kramnik's Black(!!!) games against Moro and Carlsen were *outstanding*.

Nov-07-09  whatthefat: Phwoar, Kramnik made it look like he was playing a simul!
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  chancho: Well, he can win with black.
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  vonKrolock: <42.♔f3>

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Followed a very elegant solution - black ♖♖s were practically out of the active play for most of the game, and now one is sacrificed to allow a quick decision...

From the final position, a forced sequence would lead to following picture

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  messachess: What a game, just what you expect from Moro making it possible with aggressive, speculative play--playing on instinct at times I think. Brilliant tactics by Kramnik starting with 29...Qc4, forcing the white Q to vacate, the temporary knight sac. a move later. Moro tried hard, but Kramnik was the greater talent this time.
Nov-07-09  Plato: Amazing game. Nice to see the Kramnik of old, playing for wins with Black. He's in top form this tournament.
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  Jim Bartle: I really don't mean to be argumentative. But did Kramnik decide to go for the win with black, or was he in effect forced to go into it by Morozevich's overly aggressive play?
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  messachess: <Jim Bartle> Moro makes his opponents go a little crazy. Kramnik will wake up with night sweats over this one.
Nov-07-09  KamikazeAttack: <But did Kramnik decide to go for the win with black, or was he in effect forced to go into it by Morozevich's overly aggressive play?>

9, Ba6, with c7 defenless revealed his intention to mix things up.

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  Jim Bartle: Thanks, both.
Nov-07-09  GaeBulg: I am impressed by the accurateness of Kramnik's play. Morozevich, although attacking somewhat prematurely (in hindsight anyways) created some pretty strong threats and complications. Kramnik was able to find OTB good refutations to all of them. I think Morozevich still probably could have saved the game until 30 Qb7...with the black queen and knight so close to the white king, it was not time to start a counterattack and remove a key defender from the mix. To his credit, Moro did get to within 1 move of checkmate haha, a lesser player might have blundered and fallen for the swindle, but not Kramnik.
Nov-07-09  Ulhumbrus: The move 11 e4 gives up the right to castle, but what else can White do? An alternative is 11 g3 eg 11 g3 c5 12 Bd6 Re8 13 dc but on 13..Nxc5 14 Bxc5 Rc8 may lead to an advantage for Black.

This suggests that White has to look for alternatives earlier. One alternative to 8 Qxc4 is 8 Bg5.

After 13...Re8 White attempts an unsound attack with his Rooks still disconnected, and the attack fails. White loses the exchange before even developing his other Rook. However what else can White do? An alternative to 14 e5 is 14 b4 playing to avoid the capture ...cxd4 with Black's Rook on c8, but on 14 b4 cxd4 15 Nxd4 Rc8 16 Qd3 Nc5! may win.

White's problem remains that after 12...c5! White can't prevent Black from opening lines before White can get his King into safety and connect his Rooks.

42...Rf8! offers a Rook in return for opening the c file. After White accepts it, the check 43...Rc3+ begins a King hunt.

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  Eisenheim: excellent play by kramnik. thought it was over by move 33, but I like that moro did resign early. blacks win still required accurate play as there were many traps to avoid and white still had active threats. masterful play
Nov-07-09  Bradah: Kramnik is back and showing his gems. Only Kasparov knows how really scary he is. A doctor at work, with precision.:o)
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  Eyal: Position after 25...h6:

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In his live commentary to the game, Shipov claimed a "miracle draw" for White here after <26.Qb7!> hxg5 27.e6! Ne2+ 28.Kh2 Kh7 29.Be5 Rg8 30.Qf7! [aiming for h5] Qg4 31.Kg2! Nf4+ 32.Kg1 Qd1+ 33.Kh2 Qh5 34.gxf4 Qxf7 35.exf7 Rgf8 36.hxg5 and it appears that White can hold the endgame. (

Chessok's Rybka also criticizes Moro's 26.Nf3 and recommends 26.Qb7! Ne2+ 27.Kh2 f4 28.Qf7+ Kh8 29.Qh5 fxg3+ 30.fxg3 etc. with a -0.67 eval, which might also be enough to hold the game (

However, after playing a little with this line on my own engine I think I've found a clear win for Black... 26.Qb7 hxg5 27.e6 Ne2+ 28.Kh2 Rxe6! (instead of Shipov's Kh7) 29.Qxa8+ Kh7 30.hxg5 Qe4!! (not 30...Rxd6?? 31.Kg2+ Kg6 32.Qe8+ Kxg5 33.Qe7+) - this move both prevents Kg2 with the lethal check by discovery and prepares Qf3 with a decisive attack - e.g. 31.Qb8 Qf3 32.Bc5 f4, or 32.Rf1 Rxd6! 33.Qxd6 f4.

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